SCS is working together with Lane Cove and Hunters Hill councils to shine a spotlight on those people in our community who dedicate their time to volunteering and supporting others.
This month, we shine a light on Mary Hinde…
In 45 years as a member of the Anglican Parish of Hunters Hill, Mary Hinde has done just about every job there is in helping run the churches and serve the broader community.
Making an active contribution to her community has its foundations in a message that still resonates with Mary from her school days: from those to whom much is given, much will be required.
The sentiment has stayed with her since, to the time she became involved in volunteering for her children’s preschool and school activities, and to her many and varied roles in the Parish.
“Mary has been everything in the Parish,” Reverend Michael Armstrong says.
“From warden, cleaner, florist, gardener, pastoral carer, you name it.
“She is a real saint, and through her, many have been blessed in our Parish and wider community.”
As well as her work serving on the Parish council and as a church warden, she has been involved in prayer groups, Bible studies, book groups, gardening bees, led Sunday school classes and helped a playgroup at St Mark’s.
Of all her Parish work, one of Mary’s favourite roles has been sourcing and setting up flowers in the churches.
“I’m a flower person,” she says. “One of my daughters had a florist business for some years. So, I’ve been the ‘flower lady’ for probably 25 years!
“For special days, feast days, holidays, for weddings and funerals, we do beautiful flowers in the church. It’s a lovely thing to do.”
As for the Parish, Mary says it “is sort of like a big family or a business.”
“There are lots of people that have to be involved to do various jobs to make everything work.
“We’ve got a really lovely community.”
Of her recognition as a Hunters Hill Hero Mary says: “It’s a great privilege to serve.”
“It’s a special community and to be part of it is important.”
Hunter’s Hill Council is joining with our community to celebrate those heroes who go above and beyond. Nominate now – huntershill.nsw.gov.au/heroes